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The Fall of Adam and Eve, Hugo van der Goes c.1470
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"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For
God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will
be like God, knowing good and evil."
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Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc
de Berry c.1410
The Garden of Eden
Cole Thomas 1828
Adam and Eve 1493
FOR A TIME, we do not know how long, Adam and Eve were at peace in their beautiful garden. They did just as God told them to do, and
talked with God as a man would talk with his friend; and they did not know of anything evil or wicked. It was needful for Adam and Eve to understand that they
must always obey God's commands. So God told Adam and Eve,"You may eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden except one. In the middle
of the garden grows a tree, with fruit upon it that you must not eat and you must not touch. If you eat of the fruit upon that tree, you shall die."
Brueghel Le Jeune c.1615
Temptation and Fall
William Blake 1808
Expulsion From the
Garden of Eden
Thomas Cole 1827
Adam and Eve 1528
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Now among the animals in the garden there was a snake: and this snake asked Eve, "Has God told you that there is any kind of fruit in the garden, of which
you are forbidden to eat?" And Eve answered the snake, "We can eat the fruit of all the trees except the one that stands in the middle of the garden. If we eat the fruit of that tree,
God says that we must die."
Then the snake said, "No, you will not surely die. God knows that if you eat of
the fruit of that tree, you will become as wise as God himself, for you will know what is good and what is evil."
Eve and Adam
Adam and Eve in the Garden with the Serpent
Michelangelo c. 1508-1512
Eve listened to the snake, and then she looked at the tree and its fruit. As she saw it, she thought that it would taste good; and if it would really make one
wise, she would like to eat it, even though God had told her not to do so. She took the fruit, and ate it; and then she gave some to Adam, and he too ate it.
Adam and Eve knew that they had done wrong in not obeying God's words: and now for the first time they were afraid to meet God. They tried to hide themselves
from God's sight among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called, "Adam, where are you?" And Adam said, "Lord, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, and I hid myself."
And God said, "Why were you afraid to meet me? Have you eaten the fruit of the tree of which I told you that you must not touch it?" And Adam replied, "The woman
whom thou gave to be with me, she gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it."
Then God asked the woman, "What is this that you have done?" And Eve said, "The snake told me that it would do me no harm if I should eat it, and so I took some of it and ate it."
Then the Lord God commanded unto the snake, " Because you have led Adam and Eve to do wrong, you shall no more walk as do other animals; you shall crawl in the dust
and the dirt forever. You shall hate the woman, and the woman shall hate you. You shall try to kill her and her children, and her children's children forever, and they shall try to kill you."
And the Lord God said to the woman, " Because you led your husband to disobey me, you shall suffer and have pain and trouble all the days of your life."
And God said to Adam, "Because you listened to your wife when she told you to do what was wrong, you too must suffer. You must work for everything that you get
from the ground. You will find thorns and thistles and weeds growing on the earth. If you want food, you must dig and plant and reap and work, as long as
you live. You came out from the ground, for you were made of dust, and back again into the dust shall your body go when you die."
And because Adam and Eve had disobeyed the word of the Lord, they were driven out of the beautiful Garden of Eden, which God had made to be their home. They
were sent out into the world; and to keep them from going back into the garden, God placed his angels before its gate, with swords which flashed like fire.
So Adam and his wife lost their garden, and no man has ever been able to go into it from that day.
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